24 June 2019

Australian firms in promotional rounds

The push to oust lawyer-free conciliation continues in Australia

It's a busy time for firms in Australia as a number appointments and expansion of practices are rolled out.

Hall & Wilcox

A total of 29 of its staff have been promoted to senior positions, including eight to the partnership. The firm’s newest partners, working in a range of matters, have been confirmed as Liam Campion, James Deady, Stephanie Driscoll, Maree Ferguson, Frank Hinoporos, Nathan Kennedy, Ilona Strong and James Whiley. The firm also announced eight new special counsel and 13 new senior associates. “Core to our purpose is to enable our people to thrive. We are an ambitious firm, and our growth and the strong support of our clients means there are many opportunities for our people to progress and succeed,” said Hall & Wilcox managing partner Tony Macvean on the promotions. All promotions are effective from 1 July 2019.

Piper Alderman

The firm has promoted 27 lawyers to senior positions, including four partners and a special counsel. The four new partners are all based in the firm’s Sydney office. They include two female lawyers and increase the firm’s partnership to 75 - a fourth of whom are female. The firm’s new partners are Daniel Fitzpatrick, Angelina Kozary, Chris Lyons, and McKenzie Moore. “Piper Alderman is continuously looking for opportunities to develop and promote our internal talent. Our promotions and appointments reflect the firm’s growth strategy and a healthy balance between external lateral recruitment and the ‘home grown’ development of our entry level lawyers through our clerk and graduate programs.” said Tony Britten-Jones, Piper Alderman managing partner. The promotions take effect on 1 July.


Continues the expansion of its real estate offering in Australia, Dentons has appointed real Estate partner Guy Albeck. He has over 15 years’ experience advising on all stages of property development. Dentons’ Australia region chair and chief executive, Doug Stipanicev, said “Dentons is well-known for its strong real estate practice. Adding Guy to our Melbourne team will further enhance our offering for clients. Guy’s appointment is also another important step in our strategy to grow the Australia Region, and follows hires in the last year in Melbourne across corporate, life sciences and intellectual property and technology.”

Norton Rose Fulbright

The firm has promoted four lawyers to the partnership. Josh Henderson, Jack Pembroke-Birss, Adam Smith, and Luke van Grieken will be promoted to partner from July 1 this year. The four lawyers advise in the areas of dispute resolution, construction and engineering, tax, intellectual property, class action, regulatory and investigation. The promotions follow the elevation of three women to the partnership on January 1, 2019, making the firm’s overall 2019 promotions 43 per cent female. Norton Rose Fulbright managing partner in Australia Wayne Spanner commented the promotions are “a recognition of the excellence in client service they have been able to bring over many years across our dispute resolution and corporate practice groups. Each of these candidates is thoroughly deserving of his appointment and will bring additional capability to our Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney offices, our national team and globally.”

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